White Hot Lines

June 2004

Wednesday   30.06.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Spurs look set to miss out on Leeds United youngster James Milner, as he appears to be ready to sign for Newcastle United in a 5 million deal.  1.5 million more than Leeds agreed a deal with Tottenham for the England Under-21 international.
  The Guardian report that Tottenham are showing interest in Chelsea midfielders Joe Cole and Geremi and a cut price 5 million bid for the pair is reported.
  Clive Allen has been appointed as Development Coach at Spurs.  Sporting Director Frank Arnesen told spurs.co.uk that Clive was an up and coming coach and his appointment to this post is equivalent to that of Reserve Team Manager.
  Sky Sports reports that Tottenham have made a discreet enquiry about Guingamp midfielder Jerome Leroy.  The 29 year old former Paris St. Germain midfielder is believed to be unhappy at his present club, who were relegated at the end of last season and Santini is thought to be ready to bolster the Spurs midfield with a player who has previously been linked to SCBC and Middlesbrough.
  The same website also claims that Spurs are out of the chase for Brazilian midfielder Diego, who is a target for Porto and Werder Bremen.
  One time cert to sign for Tottenham Mark van Bommel, has said that he is content to stay on at PSV Eindhoven.  
  Former Spurs striker nick Barmby is being linked with a move to his home team Hull City, after having his Leeds United contract terminated.  After all those years since he left Spurs, he finally might make it back home to the place he was pining for. 
  After reporting a day late for training with the South Africa squad, Mbulelo Mabizela has been stripped of the captaincy of his country by manager Stuart Baxter.
  Rumoured to have been linked with a move to Tottenham, Celtic's freed striker Henrik Larsson has signed for Barcelona.  

  OTHER NEWS ... Portugal beat Holland 2-1 in the Euro 2004 semi-final tonight ... The family of Marc-Vivien Foe are to sue the French FA after claiming that they had insufficient medical facilities to save his life after he collapsed in a Confederations Cup match at the Parc des Princes ...

  MEHSTG's spin story ... Bryan Robson has said he would be happy to take over from David Platt as England Under-21 manager, after he left Bradford City recently.  At least that way, he couldn't get relegated !!


Tuesday   29.06.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Former Spurs reserve striker John Sutton has joined Dundee on a year long loan from Millwall.  

  OTHER NEWS ... Bradford City will cease to exist if their landlord does not allow them to play at Valley Parade for free next season ...

  MEHSTG's spin story ... West Bromwich Albion's ambitious bid to sign PSV striker Mateja Kezman is over after he claimed they are not a "big enough" club for him to join.  Kezman is the subject of only one serious bid from England.  That is from West Bromwich Albion.  That is as big as you are going to get mate !!


Monday   28.06.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Jan Molby has told the media that Tottenham have signed a very influential character in Frank Arnesen.  A team-mate from the Danish side, the Kidderminster Harriers boss says that he might not be well known here, but on the continent, when Arnesen rings, he is put straight through to the person with power at any club in the world.  Molby added that he is great at spotting talented youngsters and bringing them on, so he will be a great asset to Jacques Santini, who he will work well with, in the former Liverpool midfielder's opinion.
  Deco reckons that Helder Postiga would have been better off staying at Porto for a couple more seasons before moving abroad, but went on to add that he is a class act and will be one of the top strikers in Europe over the next few years.
  Reserve keeper Rob Burch has become the second young player to want to seek experience on loan this season, he told the Spurs site.  He realises that the club has great faith in him, as he was the sole back-up for Kasey Keller for much of the season, but he knows that with the signing of Robinson and Fulop, he can do best by getting some competitive matches under his belt and coming back to challenge the goalies in front of him the season after. 
  The League Managers Association has said that Jacques Santini's lack of English will not be a burden for him in getting his ideas over to the Tottenham squad.
  The Daily Express reports that Bixente Lizarazu will turn his back on Spurs to join Marseille.  

  OTHER NEWS ... Steven Gerrard is pinning his hopes on Rafael Benitez as he says he will stay on at Anfield ...


Sunday   27.06.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Depending on what paper you read, Helder Postiga is a key member of Jacques Santini's squad or he will be on his bike as soon as.  The Sunday Mirror claims Spurs will cash in on him to the tune of 4 million, with Porto, Benfica and Real Betis interested in the striker.  The News of the World reckon Santini has issued the obligatory "hands off" warning to interested parties.
  Modena and Senegal striker Diamansy Kamara claims to have been in talks with Tottenham for two months.
  The Sunday Mirror tells how Jacques Santini is winning the battle to sign French full back Bixente Lizarazu.  It was thought that the Bayern Munich defender wanted Champions League football, but the new Spurs coach seems to be persuading him to join the French revolution at White Hart Lane.
  Charlton Athletic, West Bromwich Albion and Spurs are all reported to be interested in West Ham United midfielder Michael Carrick, who is to be put up for sale by the club who will play in the Championship next season.  However, none of the clubs appear keen to pay any more than 3 million of the 5 million asking price, the Sunday Mirror inform us.  
  West Ham United have also put former Spurs striker Bobby Zamora up for sale and Crystal Palace are interested, the same paper recounts.
  The Spurs website carries a story that reserve striker Lee Barnard will seek to go on loan to a lower league side to hone his skills, get a run of games and get used to scoring more regularly, but only after pre-season training with Spurs and getting a few reserve games under his belt.

  OTHER NEWS ... Denmark lost to the Czech Republic 3-0 in the quarter final of Euro 2004 tonight ...


Saturday   26.06.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Haringey Trading Standards department can sleep soundly as Jacques Santini has said that he will not be arriving at White Hart Lane as damaged goods.  Comments about France's defeat to Greece last night has cast a shadow over his achievements with his national side, but the new Spurs coach said he is determined as ever and will continue to coach as long as he is enjoying it. 
  Santini has been backed by his old colleague Guy Roux, manager of Auxerre.  He said that the new Spurs coach was quiet with the Press, but he had a strong character, knew how to handle players and was quite a good tactician, so if he helped lift the Spurs side, he would be hailed as a success.
  Sven Goran Eriksson hinted that Jermain Defoe will be part of the England set-up and may be included in the squad for the friendly against Austria in August.  
  Former Spurs midfielder Terry Yorath was bailed on suspicion of drink-driving after his car hit a pedestrian in Leeds last night.   

  OTHER NEWS ... Holland beat Sweden 5-4 in a penalty shoot out after their Euro 2004 quarter final tonight ...

  MEHSTG's spin story ... David Beckham has insisted his commercial activities were not responsible for his low-key performances with England during Euro 2004.  The England captain said "Nah, it had nuffink to do wiv me playing bad.  I always kept me commercial interests in them fifteen minutes between the first 'alf and the second, didn't I ?"


Friday   25.06.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Jacques Santini has supposedly turned down a 4 million offer for Helder Postiga from Deportivo La Coruna according to the Daily Mirror.

  OTHER NEWS ... France crashed out of Euro 2004 to unfancied Greece 1-0 tonight ... Wayne Rooney has a broken bone in his foot after last night's England match against Portugal ... Marcello Lippi will replace Giovanni Trapattoni in the Italy national manager's position ... Inaki Saez has quit as Spain manager after being knocked out of Euro 2004 ...

  MEHSTG's spin story ... 


Thursday   24.06.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  The fixtures for next season have been released today and Spurs open the new campaign with a home match against Liverpool on Saturday 14th August, while they travel to Newcastle United the next Saturday followed by another away game on the following Tuesday at West Bromwich Albion.  The derbies with Arsenal are on 13th November (H) and 23rd April (A).
  Tottenham are supposedly vying with Real Madrid for Real Sociedad star midfielder Xabi Alonso.  The 22 year old was expected to move to Madrid in a 10 million move, but the new coach at the Bernabeu and a difficulty in agreeing terms with the club meant that the interest has cooled, leaving the door open for other clubs to move in.
  The BBC reports that Senegal striker Diomansy Kamara claims he is in talks with Spurs.  The 24 year old forward who plays for Modena in Italy is highly sought after, with Arsenal one of the teams linked with a move for him.
  Rumoured Spurs target Danish winger Denis Rommedahl has agreed terms with Charlton Athletic.  
  Helder Postiga was a second half substitute who scored in normal time and in the 6-5 penalty shoot-out win after a 2-2 draw in the Euro 2004 quarter final tonight.  
  Paul Robinson was a non-playing substitute for England, but Ledley King had flown back to England to be with his partner, who was expecting to give birth to their first baby.   
  Ledley King's partner gave birth to their son tonight - nine weeks prematurely.

  OTHER NEWS ... 


Wednesday   23.06.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Bixente Lizarazu has said he is not sure about a move to Spurs.  The Bayern Munich left back told journalists that he was focusing on the remainder of Euro 2004, but some harsh words about Jacques Santini makes you think he might not want to play for the manager who will not pick him for the national side.
  Norwich City have denied that they are to sign released Uruguayan midfielder Gus Poyet.  The Daily Mirror claimed that Gus was to be offered 10,000 a week at Carrow Road, but manager Nigel Worthington said he was looking at younger players.
  Former Spurs defender Mark Bowen has quit his post as coach at Birmingham City.  Linked with the position has been current Tottenham coach Chris Hughton, should he find no place in the new set-up at White Hart Lane.  

  OTHER NEWS ... Holland 3-0 win over Latvia saw them through to the quarter final of Euro 2004 after the Czech Republic beat Germany 2-1 to knock them out of the competition ... 


Tuesday   22.06.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Juventus may have to outbid Tottenham for Udinese's Czech midfielder Marek Jankulovski.  Spurs are believed to have lodged a 5 million offer for the 27 year old Czech Republic international and with Juve only offering a part-exchange deal, Udinese are thought to favour the Premiership bid, as they want a straight cash deal.
  The Daily Star claims that Swindon Town have told Tottenham to double their bid for 16 year old defender Leigh Mills.
  Marseilles claim to have held talks with Bixente Lizarazu about joining them, despite Jacques Santini being linked with a move for the French left back.  

  OTHER NEWS ... Italy were knocked out of the Euro 2004 tournament despite beating Bulgaria 2-1, as Denmark and Sweden drew 2-2 to both go through to the quarter-finals ... Bryan Robson has quit as Bradford City manager ... A Ukrainian man stabbed an England fan to death in an attempted robbery in Lisbon ...

  MEHSTG's spin story ... Chelsea spend 13.25 million on Porto full back Paolo Ferreira.  Roman Abramovich is thought to be ready to OK the funding to seal a 8.75 million swoop for the Porto tea-lady next.


Monday   21.06.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Spurs are being challenged by Juventus as the latest club to want Sylvain Wiltord, who will be leaving Arsenal on a  free transfer this summer.  A large number of clubs including Liverpool, Werder Bremen and Barcelona are also monitoring the situation.
  Planet Football claim that Manchester City, Birmingham City, Middlesbrough and Newcastle United are being linked to a move for 31 year old Dutch right back Michael Reiziger, who will be leaving Barcelona this summer on a Bosman and has hinted that he wants to join a Premier League club.  
  Ledley King was a second half substitute in England's 4-2 win over Croatia that sees them through to a quarter final against Portugal.  
  Former Spurs defender Ben Thatcher has left Leicester City and joined Manchester City.  

  OTHER NEWS ... Alexander Frei was been dropped from the Swiss squad before their last group match with France after UEFA appealed against their own Disciplinary committee's decision to absolve the striker of spitting at Stephen Gerrard.  New video evidence is believed to have come to light. ... 

  MEHSTG's spin story ... The Football League have given Wimbledon permission to change their name to Milton Keynes Dons.  Arsenal are thought to be keen to follow suit and henceforth wish to be known as the North London Arses.


Sunday   20.06.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Barcelona have withdrawn a three year deal for Edgar Davids and the media are speculating that Tottenham might renew their interest in the Dutch midfielder.
  The News of the World report that Bixente Lizarazu will turn his back on Tottenham as he wants to play Champions League football.
  The Daily Star claim that Manchester City are after Robbie Keane.  
  The same paper reckons that Middlesbrough will make a move for Fredi Kanoute should they fail in signing Portsmouth's Nigerian striker Yakubu.
  Kanoute scored a late equaliser for Mali in the World Cup qualifier against Zambia.
  Helder Postiga was an unused substitute in Portugal's 1-0 win over Spain at Euro 2004 which sees them through to the quarter finals.
  Mbulelo Mabizela was part of the South Africa side that lost 0-3 to Ghana in a World Cup qualifying match today, putting them bottom of their group even though all the teams have three points. 
  Kasey Keller was in goal for the USA's 3-2 win over Grenada in their World  Cup qualifier.

  OTHER NEWS ... Swiss striker Alexander Frei escaped suspension for a spitting incident in the England match after a UEFA investigation ... Greece lost 1-2 to Russia, but progress to the quarter finals of Euro 2004 ...

  MEHSTG's spin story ... New Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez claims he will do all he can to try to keep star duo Steven Gerrard and Michael Owen at Anfield.  The former Valencia chief said he would try bribery with electrical goods and asking them nicely, but feared that he might have to resort to tying them up in the famous Liverpool boot room between games and only letting them out for training and on match days.


Saturday   19.06.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Former Spurs loan midfielder Stephane Dalmat has left Internazionale for Toulouse on loan.  
  Former Spurs striker Gary Lineker is being sued for libel by Liverpool's Harry Kewell 10 months after Lineker said that the Australian's move from Leeds United made him feel ashamed.

  OTHER NEWS ... In Euro 2004, Germany were held 0-0 by Latvia and the Czech Republic came from behind to beat Holland, who had Heitinga sent off, 3-2 ... Swiss striker Alexander Frei will be charged with spitting at Stephen Gerrard in the Euro 2004 group match against England ... 

  MEHSTG's spin story ... Latvia ace Marian Pahars claimed that referee Mike Riley did not award a penalty against Germany in the Euro 2004 goalless draw because he was overawed.  In MEHSTG's opinion, it is usually because he has no love for Tottenham Hotspur FC, so that puts Latvia in the same boat.


Friday   18.06.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Spurs are being linked with a move for 24-year-old Siena midfielder Rodrigo Taddei.  The Brazilian has caught the eye of Internazionale and Lazio in Italy and also Besiktas of Turkey.  Spurs are supposedly already in touch with the player's agent.
  Tottenham have appointed a Director of Community Development responsible for the club's community strategy at home and also overseas.   
  Anthony Gardner's partner gave birth to their baby daughter today.

  OTHER NEWS ... Phil Thompson has left Liverpool following the appointment of Rafael Benitez as manager ... Sweden drew 1-1 with Italy and Denmark beat Bulgaria 2-0 in Euro 2004 today ... 


Thursday   17.06.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Tottenham and Liverpool are vying to secure the services of Jermaine Pennant from Arsenal, The Sun informs us.
  The Daily Star has claimed that Tottenham are making Middlesbrough defender Gareth Southgate their number one target.  
  The same paper links Tottenham with a move for SCBC's Kevin Phillips, despite Glasgow Rangers failing with an attempt to steal him away from the New Dell.
  Ledley King and Paul Robinson were unused subs in England's 3-0 win over Switzerland in Euro 2004 today.  

  OTHER NEWS ... |France draw 2-2 with Croatia in Euro 2004 ...


Wednesday   16.06.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  It is reported that Newcastle United are not willing to cough up Tottenham's 3.5 million asking price for Stephen Carr.
  Helder Postiga was an unused substitute in Portugal's 2-0 win over ten man Russia at Euro 2004 tonight.  
  The Daily Mail claims Tottenham have signed the 17-year-old centre-back star of the Under-20 side of Cruziero called Rodrigo Defendi for 600,000 ahead of some big Italian and Spanish clubs.

  OTHER NEWS ... Rafael Benitez has taken over as manager of Liverpool ... Greece drew 1-1 with Spain in Euro 2004 this afternoon ...


Tuesday   15.06.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Spurs are set to rival Ajax for the signature of Danish winger Dennis Rommedahl, who is currently with PSV Eindhoven.  The winger is rated at around 3 million and Frank Arnesen is keen to bring him to White Hart Lane.
  TeamTalk hint that Santini might make a move for Middlesbrough's defender Gareth Southgate, who is out of contract in twelve months time.
  Spurs keeper Lars Hirschfeld, released at the end of the season, is linked with a move to Kilmarnock.  

  OTHER NEWS ... Latvia went down 1-2 to the Czech Republic and Germany and Holland drew 1-1 in Group D of Euro 2004 today ...


Monday   14.06.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Tottenham have announced that they have appointed Mervyn Davies CBE as a non-executive Director.  The 51 year old is Group Chief Executive of Standard Chartered PLC, a non-Executive Director of Tesco PLC and is a banker with extensive Asian experience in Hong Kong and China.  He also knows the London banking scene very well.

  OTHER NEWS ... Sweden comprehensively beat Bulgaria 5-0 at Euro 2004, while Italy and Denmark drew 0-0 in the same group ...

  MEHSTG's spin story ...  French midfielder Patrick Vieira claimed that England "cheated" too much in the game at Euro 2004 last night.  Vieira declared: "It was really tough. We couldn't break down their defensive shield. They fouled a lot and cheated.  And let's face it, I should know when people are cheating !!" 


Sunday   13.06.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Edgar Davids, the Dutch midfielder, has decided to sign a three year deal with Barcelona and this ends hopes that he would come to Tottenham.
  Frederic Kanoute has been told he can leave Tottenham if a club comes in with an acceptable offer for him, according to the Sunday Mirror.  
  Ledley King had an outstanding game for England who lost 1-2 to Jacques Santini's France in Euro 2004 tonight.
  Former Spurs midfielder Mark Gower has agreed a one year extension to his Southend United contract.  
  The Sunday Express claims that former Spurs winger Peter Taylor will return to manage the England Under-21s, but will retain his position as manager of Hull City.

  OTHER NEWS ... Croatia drew 0-0 with ten man Switzerland this afternoon in Euro 2004 ... 

  MEHSTG's spin story ... Wolves are set to make a decision on whether to buy Duberry in the next week.  Discussions over the particular fragrance of shower gel for their return to Division One will be held before they head to the Body Shop to make their order for toiletries.


Saturday   12.06.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Spurs are being linked with a move for Croatian goalkeeper Stipe Pletikosa.  The Shakhtar Donesk goalie is seen as a back up for Paul Robinson and this would indicate that Kasey Keller might be leaving if this turns out to be true.
  Helder Postiga was a non-playing substitute in Portugal's 1-2 defeat by Greece in the opening game of Euro 2004.  

  OTHER NEWS ... Spain beat Russia in the other Group A match in Euro 2004 tonight ...


Friday   11.06.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Christian Ziege has received criticism in his home country about his inclusion in the German Euro 2004 squad, after missing large parts f the last 14 months of his Tottenham career.  Ziege was taking it [philosophically though and stated that it might have hurt him more if his mother hadn't died in suspicious circumstances and the fact that he nearly lost a leg after injury in the the Charlton Athletic match at Christmas 2002.
  Newcastle United winger Laurent Robert said he hoped the Magpies will beat Tottenham in the league next season ... because he was not picked for the French national side by Jacques Santini.  Now there's a team player !!

  OTHER NEWS ... Manchester United have signed Paris St. Germain and Argentina central defender Gabriel Heinze ... 

  MEHSTG's spin story ... The Football League have made a big change in the naming of their leagues.  Division one will henceforth be known as "The Championship", with Division Two becoming "League One" and Division Three re-named "League Two".  Any players bearing the number two will be known as number one and number threes as "number two".  Goalkeepers will be hereon in be referred to as "The Keeper of the Championship" instead of number one.


Thursday   10.06.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Spurs have installed Martin Jol, the RKC Waalwijk coach, as assistant to Jacques Santini.  Santini said he was pleased to have Jol as his assistant and that he was so well regarded with a great knowledge of the English game.
  Real Mallorca and Spurs will battle to sign free transfer Swiss star Patrick Muller.  The 27 year old Lyon central defender will be the subject of much interest  as his contract runs out on June 30th, but reports indicate that the Spanish club might be favourites to sign him up.  
  Sylvain Wiltord has told reporters that although it would be hard to leave Arsenal for Spurs, he is willing to make the move.  The striker said it would be with pleasure that he would move if the free transfer came about.

  OTHER NEWS ... John Terry is to be given as long as possible to get ready for the England match against France in Euro 2004 ...


Wednesday   09.06.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Jacques Santini has said that there will be arrivals and departures in the summer as he sets about getting a squad together that he can work with.  The French national coach has said that the squad is young, but with plenty of ability, although he realises that the midfield is an area he needs to strengthen.  Santini also praised Daniel Levy and Frank Arnesen for the attractive project that they have drawn up.
  The Tottenham future of Fredi Kanoute is under the spotlight after the Daily Mail claim that Portsmouth will be ready to snap him up should Jacques Santini decide that the Mali striker is surplus to requirements.  
  Sky Sports report that another French player might be on his way to Tottenham.  Internazionale midfielder Sabri Lamouchi is the 32 year old who is linked as being targeted by Santini for the Spurs midfield.  It is reported that Spurs were interested in the player last summer and have been keeping in touch with Inter since then.
  Christian Ziege has signed a two year deal back in Germany with Borussia Monchengladbach.
  Another player released by the club, Darren Anderton has said he might fancy moving to the USA to play in the MSL to end his career.  He is supposedly still being chased by Portsmouth, but Dazza told the media that he has been impressed by the football played in the States and it is a great country to move to.  
  One player definitely coming to White Hart Lane is Sergei Rebrov.  The Spurs striker will be returning from his loan spell at Fenerbahce in Turkey on July 1st and his agent says he is hoping to impress Jacques Santini.
  One report on Tribal Soccer claims that Spurs will pay 4 million to Juventus for Lilian Thuram.

  OTHER NEWS ... 

  MEHSTG's spin story ... Phil Neville has insisted England's clash with France is not a do-or-die affair for either side, but historians are up in arms as Agincourt was exactly that.


Tuesday   08.06.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Juventus defender Lillian Thuram has been linked with a move to play for his national manager Jacques Santini at Tottenham, according to the Daily Express.
  The Daily Star say that Newcastle United are trying to sign Lyon forward Sydney Govou ahead of Spurs for 6 million.  

  OTHER NEWS ... John Terry might miss Euro 2004 with a hamstring injury ...

  MEHSTG's spin story ... Leeds close in on Carlisle capture.  Leeds United today made a move to sign Clarke Carlisle in a bid to save three years and buy themselves straight into the Nationwide Conference league.


Monday   07.06.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Spurs are reported on the BBC Sport website not to be in talks with RKC Waalwijk coach Martin Jol.  The Dutch club say there has been no contact from Tottenham.
  Tottenham have had an offer for Swindon Town's 16 year old defender Leigh Mills turned down.  It is believed that it was for less than 150,000 and the Second Division club are holding out for an improved offer or for a fee to be settled by tribunal.  The England Under-16 captain has been at White Hart Lane and his parents are keen for him to join Tottenham, despite a bigger offer being made by Everton in recent months, despite not playing in the first or reserve teams at the County Ground. 
  French left back Bixente Lizarazu has announced that he is keen to join Tottenham.  He said he would like to link up with Jacques Santini again and it would represent a great challenge for him.
  A rumour linking Robbie Keane to a transfer to Celtic to replace Henrik Larsson was sparked by a scout from that club watching the Republic of Ireland win over Holland at the weekend, with Fulham also said to be interested in the striker, according to the Daily Record. 
  A rumoured transfer target for Tottenham, Philip Cocu, has rejoined PSV Eindhoven from Barcelona on a Bosman.  
  With a story on Sky Sports website that Tottenham have been linked with a move for Real Madrid striker Javier Portillo, along with Nantes and Marseilles, the Spanish club have said that Portillo would not be leaving the club.
  Former Spurs central defender Richard Gough has said that he is flattered to be linked with a move into management with Dunfermline Athletic.

  OTHER NEWS ... Sven Goran Eriksson has asked the England fans to behave in Portugal or risk getting his side thrown out of the competition ... Colin Hendry has been appointed as manager of Blackpool ... 

  MEHSTG's spin story ... Claudio Ranieri has reached a settlement with Chelsea after being sacked from the manager's post.  Roman Abramovich has bought him a club of Claudio's own to be manager of !!


Sunday   06.06.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)


  Ronaldo said he would like to play for Tottenham, as he would love to be re-united with Frank Arnesen, who took him from Brazil to PSV Eindhoven.  The Real Madrid forward said he has always thought about playing in England and owes Arnesen a great deal, as he was a father figure to him when he first came to Europe and Ronaldo has never forgotten this, saying there is always a place in his heart for Arnesen.  Adding that Arnesen is a great signing for Tottenham, as he has the widest knowledge of football of anyone he knew and that he appreciates what it is like to be a foreigner abroad, Ronaldo said that other clubs will kick themselves for not bringing the Spurs Sporting Director to their club.
  Tottenham head coach Jacques Santini is being linked with a move for French and Manchester City striker Nicolas Anelka in today's Sunday Mirror.
  The paper also claims that former Bayern Munich left back Bixente Lizarazu will be a main target as he has a good relationship from his time in the French national set-up with Santini.  
  Tottenham have refuted speculation that they were knocked back by a number of managers in their search for the new man to take over at Spurs.  On the official website, it says that only two people were offered the post ... Giovanni Trapattoni (who could not take it for personal reasons) and Jacques Santini.
  Spurs are interested in signing Millwall's Australian midfielder Tim Cahill, along with Charlton Athletic and Birmingham according to the Sunday Mirror.  
  The Sunday Mirror rule out a move for Barcelona's Dutch midfielder Edgar Davids to Tottenham as he is supposedly holding out for a club who are in the Champions League to come in for him.
  Jacques Santini said that he had to take the Spurs job to secure his and his family's future after not being offered an extension to his contract as French coach.  He said that managers in England seem to be paid on an equal footing to players and that was not the case in France.  
  Former Spurs winger and Hull City manager Peter Taylor said: "I do not know Santini personally but have been told he is very good, but it is a little disappointing that British managers keep getting overlooked.  If I had been Spurs my two top choices would have been Martin O'Neill and Alan Curbishley because both have shown how good they are. Maybe they did go for them."  Maybe, Peter, they were at clubs where they wanted to stay on ... ever think of that ?
  Former Spurs players Matthew Etherington and Bobby Zamora are not being offered new contracts at First Division West Ham United.
  Spurs' former chairman Sir Alan Sugar said that the boom in transfer prices and wage demands is down to Roman Abramovich, who throws his money around, but admitted that at least it was his own money and not money clubs did not have.  He was brave enough to admit that in the last 12 years, Tottenham have made a lot of mistakes in appointing people who have not succeeded in the manager's job ... including during his time as chairman.  Sugar added that this time Daniel Levy and the board were not rushed by fans or media into making a "knee-jerk" appointment and he thinks that the new structure put in place with Arnesen and Santini could be the start of something good for Tottenham.
  Liberia beat Frederic Kanoute's Mali 1-0 in the African World Cup qualifying match today. 

  OTHER NEWS ... 

  MEHSTG's spin story ... Jordan has said that this might be the end of the road with Crystal Palace.  With manager Iain Dowie in need of plastic surgery ... er, no, sorry ... a new pair of twin strikers, chairman Jordan said that there might not be room at the club should two more big boys arrive at Selhurst Park. 


Saturday   05.06.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  The Daily Mirror claims that Sylvain Wiltord will be a priority for Jacques Santini on his arrival at White Hart Lane.  The French forward has been given a free transfer by Arsenal and as Santini has known the striker since Wiltord was a teenager, he is keen to bring him in.  Santini has been picking him for the French side despite his lack of first team opportunities at Highbury.
  To fit Wiltord in, the Mirror claim that Frederic Kanoute might be on his way out of the club.  The Sun also speculate that this will happen as Santini kicked Kanoute out when he managed Lyon.
  The Sun reckon Jacques Santini will also be after Bosman transfer target Bixente Lizarazu.  
  Paul Robinson made his first England start playing an hour, Ledley King was a half time substitute and Jermain Defoe made a six minute cameo as a sub at the end in England's 6-1 win over Iceland at the CoM stadium this afternoon.  Ledley had a header cleared off the line.
  Robbie Keane scored the only goal as the Republic of Ireland beat Holland tonight in a friendly match.  Gary Doherty was an unused substitute.
  Helder Postiga scored one of the goals in Portugal's 4-1 friendly win over Lithuania tonight.
  South African captain Mbulelo Mabizela scored twice to give his country a 2-1 win over Cape Verde in the World Cup qualifier in Bloemfontein.

  OTHER NEWS ... Brian Tinnion has been announced as the player-manager of Bristol City ...

  MEHSTG's spin story ... It was announced today that David Beckham will be able to clear up the back problem that is worrying the nation.  He will fit in alongside John Terry and play as the spare man there !!


Friday   04.06.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  It has transpired today that Daniel Levy has been having discussions with Jacques Santini for three months now and the French national coach has been taking English lessons in preparation of taking control of the first team at White Hart Lane.  Allegedly, Santini is on 1.3 million per annum and has signed a three year deal, although other sources hint that he might be on a one year rolling contract.
  It appears that Frank Arnesen's choice of assistant coach to Santini is RKC Waalwijk's Martin Jol, formerly a player with West Bromwich Albion.  
  The London Evening Standard claim that Santini may also bring  his chief scout Dominique Cuperly with him.
  The article also reckons that Lyon striker Sydney Govou might be brought in at Tottenham by the new head coach.  The 24 year old sneaked into the |French squad for Euro 2004 because of injury to Ludovic Giuly.
  Another French forward who is being linked with an interest from Santini is Arsenal's Sylvain Wiltord, who will be released this summer.  We have better forwards than him already, so I can't see this being sanctioned by the board.
  Spurs keeper Paul Robinson will start the England match tomorrow against Iceland.  
  Former Spurs managerial target Carlos Queiroz has joined Manchester United as Alex Ferguson's number two.

  OTHER NEWS ... Danny Wilson has left Bristol City as their manager ...


Thursday   03.06.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Tottenham announced this evening that French national coach Jacques Santini will take over as the new Head coach at White Hart Lane after the Euro 2004 tournament.  Santini said on the Spurs site that he was "delighted to get the opportunity to join Tottenham Hotspur. I am an ambitious man and it has always been a dream of mine to coach a big English club in the most exciting league in the world. Tottenham Hotspur are a very big club, with a wonderful history and great traditions. I am determined to help the Club return to its place amongst the elite and look forward to joining after Euro 2004."
  Chairman Daniel Levy said He was the outstanding candidate because of his experience, coaching ability and track record at all levels.  The Club and our fans have had to endure an unprecedented level of speculation regarding this appointment and this is undoubtedly due to the significant number of high calibre individuals who were interested in coming to Tottenham. The supporters have been very patient and for that I thank them.  With Jacques on board, an existing talented squad and further strengthening over the summer, we can now look forward to the start of next season with renewed optimism."  
  It was alleged in a report on the Sporting Life site, supposedly emanating from Portugal, said that Helder Postiga had been offered to Benfica on a year long loan, but the Spurs official site refuted this story.  
  Former Spurs winger Peter Taylor will not be leaving Hull City to take over as England Under-21 manager according to his chairman Adam Pearson.

  OTHER NEWS ... Charlton Athletic's defender Richard Rufus has had to retire through injury ... Steve Cotterill has been appointed as the new manager of Burnley ... 


Wednesday   02.06.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  The London Evening Standard claim that Daniel Levy, Frank Arnesen and Paul Kemsley (THFC Vice-Chairman) met in a hotel at Heathrow yesterday, talking about tactics, transfer targets and managerial prospects.  They then were alleged to have resorted to a 90/hour conference room where the newspaper imagines that they met with Claudio Ranieri and his agent Phil Smith, who left prior to the Tottenham party.  Levy spoke to the reporter at the time and said that it had been a coincidence and that the wrong meaning was being read into the people being in the same place at the same time !!
  The story alleges that the meeting was to discuss Ranieri's employment as Spurs manager, but there was more speculation that Middlesbrough's Steve McLaren and Martin O'Neill are highly desirable for the Tottenham board.  It is claimed in other reports that Ranieri has agreed terms after talks with Valencia to return to his former Spanish club.
  Meanwhile, the Daily Mirror claim that Spurs have been in touch with French national coach Jacques Santini to sound him out about taking over at White Hart Lane.  
  IN response to rumours linking him with the White Hart Lane vacancy, Dutch national manager Dick Advocaat said that he had heard nothing from Tottenham and he was not thinking beyond taking his side through the Euro 2004 finals.
  One manager linked with the Spurs job will not be taking it up.  Jose Mourinho was officially announced as the new Chelsea manager this morning following the dismissal of Claudio Ranieri.  
  Another manager linked with the Spurs job will not be taking it up.  Carlos Queiroz looks likely to return to his former post as number two to Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United.
  Gary Doherty played for the Republic of Ireland against Jamaica tonight at the Valley as they won 1-0.  Robbie Keane was an unused substitute.
  Darius Vassell has confirmed to Sven Goran Eriksson that he has overcome his hamstring injury and thus Jermain Defoe will be left at home as the England squad is named for Euro 2004.  However, Spurs team-mates Paul Robinson (number 13) and Ledley King (15) will be travelling to Portugal with the squad.
  Former Spurs midfielder Kevin Watson is in line to join Colchester United from Reading.  
  Former Spurs midfielder Darren Caskey has been released by Bristol City.

  OTHER NEWS ... 

  MEHSTG's spin story ... The Qatar Football Association insist they have beaten Bolton and Celtic to the signature of Rivaldo and he will be flying out to the Middle East to team up with his new colleagues soon.  Bolton chairman Phil Gartside was aghast that the Brazilian striker could possibly choose Qatar over the delights of downtown Bolton although Qatar FA technical director, Manfred Honer, said "if you are telling me Celtic and Bolton were willing to offer him 30,000 a week, I can only smile and say we are paying him much, much more.''


Tuesday   01.06.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  One manager linked with the Spurs job will not be taking it up.  Bert van Marwijk, former Feyenoord manager, has been appointed boss at Borussia Dortmund.  
  Spurs have been suggested as "a potentially big English club", who it has been claimed is in for Dutch midfielder Philip Cocu.  The 33 year old has been released by Barcelona and he is thought to be heading for PSV Eindhoven, but with Frank Arnesen being a great admirer of the player, it is thought that he might be tempted to the Premiership.
  Ledley King played the last two minutes of England's 1-1 draw with Japan at the CoM stadium tonight.  Paul Robinson was an unused substitute.

  OTHER NEWS ... 

 

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